The Chicago Bears went into Detroit and had some problems. They couldn't cover anyone, they had a hard time tackling, they fell for a fake punt, their clock management was atrocious, the play calling down the stretch was questionable and I haven't even mentioned the officiating. That was bad too.
But the Bears lost to the Detroit Lions due to a multitude of reasons and they'll go into their bye week 2-4, and in a serious self-scouting mode. They already tweaked their roster and I would expect them to make a few lineup changes before they face the Minnesota Vikings on November 1st.
The Bears blew an opportunity to reach .500 on Sunday and even though no one expected them to be in the playoff hunt, .500 can start to build confidence in Chicago's young players.
You climb to .500 and now you start to believe anything's possible.
Let's take a look around the NFL Power Rankings to see where they have the Bears and to see what a few of them are saying about Chicago.
SB Nation dropped the Bears down to 25 from 19 the previous week.
Bleeding Green Nation has Chicago like this,
28) Chicago Bears (LW: 24) - After winning two straight games, the Bears lost to the NFL's worst team.
It kind of stings seeing it written like that.
I would expect nothing less from the Mile High Report, who slapped the Bears down as the worst team in the NFL this week.
Record 2-4. Shame must had for giving the NFL's only win-less team a win in week 6 and no this isn't just because John Fox stopped paying attention to the Broncos prior to last season's playoffs. Chicago has still given up the most points of any team in the NFL, but health at receiver has not allowed the offense to keep up their end of the point total. If the Bears can win the games that they're supposed to and manage to update either the Rams, Broncos or Packers they can have a chance at mid-January.
For as much as Chicago's D has shown flashes of ok-ness this season, there is still a lot of work for coordinator Vic Fangio to do.
NFL.com has the Bears holding at 24.
Oh, man -- if only the Bears could have pulled off the road win at Ford Field. Nobody -- and I mean nooooobody -- expected Chicago to climb back to 3-3 after the 0-3 start. Jay Cutler and Co. came thisclose to doing just that. There was so much back and forth in this NFC North contest, including Cutler getting it done (again) on a last-gasp drive in the fourth. This time, it was two completions to Alshon Jeffery for 49 yards that only ate up 17 seconds. Unfortunately Jeffery couldn't come up with a ball on third down in overtime, and the suddenly-feisty Bears ran out of claws. Give Cutler and this roster credit, though, for not being the destined-for-the-first-overall-pick team people were labeling them as three weeks ago.
That sounded very complimentary for a 2-4 team.
ESPN only dropped the Bears one spot, to 25.
Since Jay Cutler's return, the Bears have played three straight games decided by three or fewer points, going 2-1. They had one such game (Week 1) last season.
Last season? I think most Bears' fans have erased their brain of the 2014 season.
The USA Today, who had the Bears in last this offseason, has the Bears down 6 to 30th.
They're playing a unique brand of break-but-don't bend defense, ranked in the top 10 overall but last in points allowed.
The Bears defense has been saddled with some bad field position this year that helped them not give up a lot of yards.
Fanspeak was complimentary of Chicago as well in raking the Bears at 23.
The Bears still aren't a great team as they lost in overtime to the winless Lions, but this is much more competitive team with Jay Cutler at the helm. The Bears aren't likely to turn their season around, but they should be able to pick up a few more wins.
I think fans would be OK with a competitive team moving forward.
The Shutdown Corner of Yahoo Sports has the Bears like this.
25. Chicago Bears (2-4, LW: 26)
Alshon Jeffery's first game of the season: eight catches, 147 yards and a touchdown. He's a free agent after the season, too.
OK, Jeffery isn't going anywhere.
CBS Sports has the Bears holding strong at 19.
They have made a lot of strides this season, but they just lack talent. Jay Cutler has improved a bunch.
What are your thoughts on the Power Rankings this week?